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The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has presented Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club with hats for its Nippers.

The Nipper Education Program introduces children aged 5 to 14 years to water safety skills and surf lifesaving.

Seaspray held the first beach session for its Nippers last weekend.

Mr Chester is a water safety officer at Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club. He said Nippers was a great program which provided safe, fun and organised activities for children in a beach environment, while preparing them to be future lifesavers.

“Nippers caters for all manner of experience and skill levels,” Mr Chester said.

“The emphasis is on fun and education while teaching water safety skills. Nippers develops water skills whilst providing an opportunity to make lots of new friends along the way.”

In Victoria, more than 10,500 Nippers aged between 5 and 14 years hit the beaches as part of the Nipper Education Program each summer.

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